Research Design: The Logic of Social Inquiry

Paperback | March 1, 2010

EditorJohn Bynner, Keith M. Stribley

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Research Design: The Logic of Social Inquiry is a collection of critical writings on different aspects of social research. They have been carefully selected for the variety of approaches they display in relation to three broad styles of research: experimental, survey, and ethnographic. All are classic contributions to the development of methodology and excellent expositions of particular procedures.

The book is organized in sections that detail the methods of a typical experimental research program design, data collection, and data analysis. These five sections include The Language of Social Research, Research Design, Data Collection, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Report. Each is preceded by an introduction stressing the unique strengths of the different viewpoints represented and reconciling them in one coherent approach to research.

The volume includes displays of philosophical underpinnings of different methodological styles and important issues in research design. Data collection methods, particularly the problem of systematic bias in the data collected, and ways in which researchers may attempt to reduce it, are discussed. There is also a discussion on measurement in which the central issues of reliability, validity, and scale construction are detailed. This kind of synthesis, between such diverse schools of research as the experimentalists and the ethnographers, is of particular concern to social researchers. The book will be of great value to planners and researchers in local government and education departments and to all others engaged in social science or educational research.

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Research Design: The Logic of Social Inquiry is a collection of critical writings on different aspects of social research. They have been carefully selected for the variety of approaches they display in relation to three broad styles of research: experimental, survey, and ethnographic. All are classic contributions to the development o...

John Bynner is professor emeritus of policy and society at the National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy, University of London. He is the author of Modeling and Measuring the Wider Benefits of Learning and The Benefits of Learning. Keith M. Stribley is Course Manager in the Faculty of Social Sciences a...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 1, 2010Publisher:Aldine TransactionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0202363708

ISBN - 13:9780202363707

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
General Introduction

Section 1: The language of social research
-- includes Walter Wallace, G.H. Von Wright, K.R. Popper, Alfred Schutz, and Norman K. Denzin

Section 2: Research design
-- includes Scott Greer, John I. Kitsuse, Aaron V. Cicourel, Leslie Kish, Donald T. Campbell, Jacqueline P. Wiseman, and Morris Zelditch Jr.

Section 3: Data collection
-- includes C. A. Moser, G. Kalton, William Belson, Judith A. Duncan, Harper W. Boyd Jr., Ralph Westfall, John P. Dean, William Foote Whyte, and Herbert C. Kelman

Section 4: Measurement
-- includes A. N. Oppenheim, Lee J. Cronbach, Paul E. Meehl, and Aubrey McKennell

Section 5: Data analysis and report
-- includes Morris Rosenberg, Hanan C. Selvin, Alan Stuart, Andrew Ahlgren, Herbert J. Walberg, and Howard S. Becker

Index